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Podesta, Wikileaks, and Catholics


Wherein an initial attempt to understand something seen on Facebook leads to ruminations on religious liberty.

French Court Strikes Down Burkini Ban

Bikini Burkini

A high-level French Court has struck down the ban on the so-called ‘burkini’ adopted by many towns along the French Riviera.

French ‘Burkini’ Ban Provokes Backlash

Bikini Burkini

For largely irrational reasons, French police are arresting women on the beach for wearing swimsuits that are compatible with their faith.

A Gold Star Father Rebukes Donald Trump

Khizr Khan

More than any politician that spoke last night, it was the father of a fallen solider who stole the night.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Law Granting Special Protections To Same-Sex Marriage Opponents


Mississippi tried to provide special protection to opponents of same-sex marriage and transgender rights. A Federal District Court Judge, properly, finds the law to be unconstitutional.

SCOTUS Declines To Hear Appeal Of Pharmacists With Religious Objection To ‘Morning After’ Pill

Plan B

The Supreme Court won’t hear the appeal of a pharmacist who objects to providing the ‘morning after’ pill.

SBC also Passed Resolution on Refugees


I meant to note this yesterday along with the battle flag resolution via WaPo:  Southern Baptist Convention urges churches to welcome refugees In the midst of a political season in which political leaders have frequently decried refugees as a security threat to the United States, the nation’s second-largest religious group sent a different message about refugees […]

Southern Baptists Vote to Condemn Confederate Battle Flag


Via WaPo:  Southern Baptist Convention votes to condemn Confederate battle flag The Southern Baptist Convention, once founded as a pro-slavery denomination that aligned itself with the Confederacy, voted Tuesday to condemn the Civil War battle flag of the South. “It’s not often that I find myself wiping away tears in a denominational meeting, but I just […]

Donald Trump Insinuates President Obama Identifies With Terrorists

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Donald Trump has insinuated that President Obama is not fighting the War On Terror aggressively because he somehow identifies with terrorists.

Donald Trump Renews Call For Ban On Muslim Immigration

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Donald Trump responded to the attack on the Pulse nightclub by renewing his call to ban members of an entire religion from coming to the United States.

Supreme Court Punts On PPACA Birth Control Mandate

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Faced with the prospect of a 4-4 tie, the Supreme Court instead came up with a decision on the PPACA’s birth control mandate that didn’t decide anything.

Donald Trump Says His Muslim Travel Ban Is ‘Just A Suggestion’

Donald Trump Shrug

The walk backs begin.

Supreme Court Looking For Way To Work Around 4-4 Tie In Obamacare Birth Control Cases

Birth Control Mandate

The Supreme Court appears to be looking for a way to resolve an issue that has been mired in controversy for six years now.

Justices Sharply Divided In Latest Obamacare Birth Control Mandate Case

Birth Control Mandate

The Supreme Court appeared deadlocked during oral argument in the latest case dealing with the PPACA’s contraceptive coverage mandates.

A Reminder about the US Muslim Population


Via Pew Research: Pew Research Center estimates that there were about 3.3 million Muslims of all ages living in the United States in 2015. This means that Muslims made up about 1% of the total U.S. population (about 322 million people in 2015), and we estimate that that share will double by 2050. […] According […]

Two-Thirds Of New Hampshire Republicans Support Donald Trump’s Muslim Immigration Ban

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As if to further demonstrate just how fair off the rails the GOP has gotten, Donald Trump’s unconstitutional, wrong-headed, racist notions are supported by wide majorities in the party that still claims to the by the “Party of Lincoln.”

Trump and the Social Conservatives


Politics makes strange bedfellows, but come on.

Pastor of First Baptist Dallas’ View on Refugees and Carpet Bombings


A five minute segment on the O’Reilly Factor clearly underscores how intertwined he is in secular politics.

Nonexistent Culture Wars And The Nonexistent ‘War On Christmas’

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The people who believe there is a ‘War On Christmas” tend to be the same ones who hold to the largely false idea that their religious beliefs are under assault due to a “culture war.”

War on Christmas, Brunei Style


Via the Sydney Morning Herald:  Brunei bans Christmas celebrations in public, including wearing Santa hats. Oil-rich Brunei has banned public celebrations of Christmas, including sending festive greetings and the wearing of Santa Claus hats. Muslims seen celebrating Christmas and non-Muslims found to be organising celebrations could face up to five years jail. However the country’s non-Muslims, […]

Another Poll Shows Republicans Support Donald Trump’s ‘Ban All Muslims’ Immigration Plan

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Heading into another Presidential debate, a new poll shows that Republicans are very receptive to Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslim immigration to the U.S.

Kudos to Senator Flake


A Mormon Republican Senator visits an Arizona mosque.

Majority Opposes Trump’s Muslim Immigration Ban, But It’s A Different Story With Republicans


Polling shows that most Americans oppose Donald Trump’s plan to bar Muslim’s from immigrating to the United States, but Republicans are far more receptive to the idea.

New Poll Appears To Show Majority GOP Support For Trump’s ‘Ban Muslims’ Immigration Plan

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A new poll appears to show that a majority of Republicans support Donald Trump’s plan to bar Muslims from immigrating to the United States.

Trump’s Plan To Bar Muslim Immigration Widely Condemned, But It’s Unlikely To Hurt Him


Donald Trump’s plan to bar all Muslim immigration to the United States is being widely condemned by his fellow Republicans and others, but the proposal probably won’t hurt him politically in a Republican Party that is deeply bigoted against Muslims in general.

Donald Trump Calls For Ban On All Muslim Immigration

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Donald J. Trump continues to turn the dial higher and higher on his fascist demagoguery.

Paris, San Bernardino, And The Dangers Of An Anti-Muslim Backlash


As we deal with the fall out from the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, we need remember the years after September 11th, 2001 and avoid holding an entire religion responsible for the actions of fanatics.

Marco Rubio Panders To The ‘Religious Right’ On Same-Sex Marriage, Obergefell

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Marco Rubio is telling conservative Christians in Iowa and elsewhere what they want to hear on same-sex marriage. It just happens to be complete and utter nonsense.

John Kasich Wants To Create A Government Agency To Spread Religious Propaganda

John Kasich

John Kasich wants the United States Government to create an agency to spread ‘so-called ‘Judeo-Christian values.’

Donald Trump: I’d Be Okay With Closing Mosques And Requiring Muslims To Carry Special Identification

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Donald Trump’s demagoguery and disdain for individual liberty enters a new phase.

Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, And The Minister Who Thinks It’s Okay To Kill Gay People

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Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee recently kept company with a very disturbing religious leader.

What, Exactly, Does Uttering The Words “Radical Islamic Terrorism” Accomplish?

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Republicans insist that uttering the words “Radical Islamic Terrorism” is somehow important in the fight against ISIS and other terror networks, but it is entirely unclear what doing so would accomplish.

Kentucky’s Governor-Elect Proposes Solution To The Kim Davis Problem

Kimberly Davis

Kentucky Governor-Elect is backing a change in state law that would eliminate the problems created when Kim David refused to issue marriage license to same-sex couples.

Ted Cruz: Atheists Aren’t Fit To Be President

Ted Cruz

Meet Ted Cruz: Religious Bigot

‘War On Christmas’ Apparently Now Being Fought With Coffee Cups

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You may not be aware, but your local Starbucks is the new front in the ‘War On Christmas.’

Supreme Court To Hear Another Round Of ObamaCare Birth Control Mandate Cases


The Supreme Court is diving back into the debate over the PPACA’s birth control coverage mandate.

Ben Carson’s Odd Relationship With Truth

Dr. Ben Carson Speaks At Launch Of New Media Online Network In Scottsdale, Arizona

As Ben Carson rises in the polls, it’s worth noting his many examples of having what can only be called a very odd relationship with truth and the basic facts of history.

Boehner Resignation Tied to Papal Visit?


WaPo’s Robert Costa reveals an emotional reaction by the Speaker to the papal visit to Congress.

Anti-Gay Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis Is Now A Republican

Kim Davis Mike Huckabee

She’s where she’ belongs.

Of Course the Pope is Political

President Barack Obama bids farewell to Pope Francis following a private audience at the Vatican, March 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

When did “politics” become a dirty word?

Kim Davis Basically Surrenders In Same-Sex Marriage Fight

Kimberly Davis

Rowan County, Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis says she won’t interfere in the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

California Legislature Passes Bill Legalizing Physician Assisted Suicide

Right To Die

California’s legislature has approved a bill that would legalize physician assisted suicide in the nation’s largest state.

Vast Majority Of Americans Oppose Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis’s Actions

Kim Davis Mike Huckabee

A new poll shows that the vast majority of Americans oppose Kim Davis’s refusal to follow the law, even while some Republican candidates rally behind her.

Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis Released From Jail, But She May Not Be Free For Long

Kimberly Davis

Rowan County, Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis is being released from jail, but it may end up being a very short reprieve.

Oregon Judge Refusing To Perform Same-Sex Marriage Ceremonies


A trial court Judge in Oregon is the latest public official to refuse to do his job.

Republican Candidates Rally Around Lawbreaker Kim Davis, Trample All Over The Rule Of Law

Kimberly Davis

Most of the Republican candidates for President would rather support a lawbreaker than the Rule of Law. The American people should judge them accordingly.

Kentucky Clerk Found In Contempt And Jailed For Refusal To Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Kimberly Davis

Rowan County, Kentucky Clerk Kimberly Davis was found in contempt of court and jailed for her refusal to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

Kentucky Clerk Loses Another Argument Over Refusal To Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses


The Supreme Court has denied a Kentucky Clerk’s request to stay a ruling requiring her to comply with the law and issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Boy Scouts End Ban On Gay Scout Leaders

Boy Scouts

A long standing policy against gay Scout Leaders has been repealed.

Kentucky Clerk Sued For Refusing To Issue Licenses For Same-Sex Marriages


A County Clerk in Kentucky is being sued because she thinks she can refuse to do her job and still keep that job.

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